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Message posted by david&anne on 11/8/2006 at 9:17pm
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we fancy trading from a pennine folding camper to a bailey 5/6 berth caravan any input would be welcome - cheers

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Message posted by michael on 11/8/2006 at 9:26pm
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hi first question is can your car pull a 5/6 berth?find your cars kerb weight and the caravan should be 85% of this weight to be safe.[:o)]

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Message posted by snowy747 on 11/8/2006 at 9:33pm
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We looked at the 500/5 last weekend, lovely van for 10,000 new.  They have a 6 year water ingress warranty and 3 year mechanical warranty.  Had Baileys before, love 'em and will upgrade as soon as possible.

Ali


Message posted by michael on 11/8/2006 at 9:42pm
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love ours too.our two year old grandson had a full double bed to himself all this week,slept for 11/12 hours a night.

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Aw Michael, I am jealous now!  What have you found to be the good and the bad then?  Any teething probs?

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Message posted by michael on 11/8/2006 at 10:09pm
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hi ali,got ours secondhand,its a 2003 model.i try to keep on top of it by cleaning and repairing each trip.having said that no major problems so far,the nose weight can be a problem though with having the spare wheel and two gas bottles up front (normally only one bottle) my max noseweight is 92 kgs.today i had to take out to reduce the weight to 90 kgs.[:o)]

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Message posted by Ivana Tinkle on 11/8/2006 at 10:12pm
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Wow we have also decided exactly the same thing looking at a bailey senator oklahoma. just put the pathfinder on free adds.  sorry actually looking for 4 berth.

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Message posted by shielsy on 11/8/2006 at 10:24pm
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I certainly recomend the Pageant Provence, once you get over the narrow aile ( a comprimise for a full shower cubicle) a fantasticly roomy van

Check the weights though

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Message posted by jennifernn on 11/8/2006 at 10:54pm
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Michael, you should move the spare to one of those underslung carriers, really helps with the noseweight.

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Message posted by riverdene53 on 11/8/2006 at 10:59pm
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had a bailey for 3 years it was fabulous traded it for eldiss but regret it my next van will be a baileynothing can beat them

Message posted by michael on 11/8/2006 at 11:13pm
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thanks jennifernn,good point.put it on my things to do list[:o)] have this at the front need to rethink payloads

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Message posted by The Padre on 12/8/2006 at 12:18am
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We just got our first van, just 3 weeks back, and being complete and utter novices with no previous camping or caravan experience, all I can say is love it. Got a Bailey Ranger 550/6 all kitted out with just about everything that all the forums etc said I would need, had two weekends away in it so far and off to France on Sunday for three weeks.

But the Bailey has had lots of good write ups, dealers seem to recomend them and so do normal people on forums etc. That sort of cross section sems to give an indication that they could be ok. 

Will tell you more when we return from France, that will give me close to thirty days caravanning experience  



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Message posted by mike+judi on 12/8/2006 at 7:10am
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We have the Pageant Bretagne,6 berth with permanent fixed bunks across the back,MIRO=1185,MTPLM=1409kgs,tow it with a kia sorento,gives about 24-26mpg when towing,has plenty of power for the hills!.On Bailey's haven't had any major problems yet,as we are using it we are making a list of minor mods ie extra hooks in the bathroom,etc,the bathroom door catch sticks VERY slightly but can live with that.Good luck in your search,we moved on from a tt and have been very happy up to now.

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Message posted by path20 on 12/8/2006 at 9:49pm
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We have been looking at the Bailey Virginia 4 Berth with the island fixed double bed. Appears to tick all the boxes and looks a great van. The price is more than we wanted to pay but it does have all the extra bits.Can't decide whether to wait for the NEC show or not. Haven't sold our van so it will have to be part ex.I feel we may get a better deal if we wait.Also we will get a 2007 model. (may not be as good as the 2006 though!!!) It's tough deciding what to do for the best. We will have to keep it for a number of years as we won't be able to afford to keep changing it.

Message posted by Fat Belly on 12/8/2006 at 10:14pm
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Can't wait to get our Ranger - should be about 5 weeks now!!

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Message posted by RED DRAGON on 12/8/2006 at 10:39pm
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We have been caravaning for thirty years just bought a Bailey Pageant Champagne it is one of the best vans we have had Alan/Carole


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